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Reverend Funk
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(04-19-2017, 03:54 AM)
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This thread is badass
Orayn
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(04-19-2017, 03:56 AM)
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"Diablo type loot game but it's a shooter" has maybe half a dozen examples? Not so much a highly specific micro-genre as a hybrid of two fairly popular things, but it's a distinct entity.

Hellgate
Borderlands series
Destiny
The Division
Warframe depending on who you ask
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 03:56 AM)

Originally Posted by Glowsquid

PS1-era first-person shooters set in some sort of hovering vehicle

Blam! Machine Head



Tunnel B1



Defiance



Shadow Master

Nice. I've noticed the similarity between these games before but I forgot about them when it came time to make the thread.
Makai
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(04-19-2017, 03:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Cyan

Genre-shifting clickers that aren't really clickers (or are they...?)

That reminds me

Games that are basically Frog Fractions

Frog fractions

Candy Box

Pony Island

Shower With Your Dad Simulator

Bubsy 3d: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective

I don't think Frog Fractions 2 really qualifies. It's more like ZZT with minigames
PooBone
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(04-19-2017, 03:58 AM)
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Mansion games:
Games that take place primarily exploring one house.

Maniac Mansion


Resident Evil 1 (and 7 to some extent)


Gone Home



Please name some others, I tend to love them.
Last edited by PooBone; 04-19-2017 at 04:14 AM. Reason: added screenshots
More_Badass
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(04-19-2017, 03:59 AM)
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One could argue that Shadow of the Colossus is a genre of one; it's only recently with Prey For The Gods that we're getting something that's even attempting gameplay in that vein, aka hero fighting massive beasts that you can climb on freely

I guess Spacechem and its ilk are another, the puzzler that seems like it's about some other theme but is really secretly about programming. The idea is that it can't actually feature coding (so TIS is out), but the mechanics are actually abstracted programming functions

SpaceChem


Infinifactory
duckroll
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(04-19-2017, 04:00 AM)
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Action shooter series turned into turn based strategy game

The Earth Defence Force Tactics

Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

Lord of Ostia
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(04-19-2017, 04:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by Orayn

"Diablo type loot game but it's a shooter" has maybe half a dozen examples? Not so much a highly specific micro-genre as a hybrid of two fairly popular things, but it's a distinct entity.

Hellgate
Borderlands series
Destiny
The Division
Warframe depending on who you ask

Alienation
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 04:02 AM)
Japanese first-person shooters that are actually full-on FPSes and not rail shooters

Star Cruiser


Gun Buster


Crime Crackers


Kileak: The DNA Imperative (and its sequel, Epidemic)


Coded Arms
More_Badass
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(04-19-2017, 04:03 AM)
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Originally Posted by duckroll

Action shooter series turned into turn based strategy game

The Earth Defence Force Tactics


Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

Kind of

CoD: Strike Team. You can still switch to FPS shooting, but you can also play the game in a top-down strategic style



And Arma Tactics

PtM
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(04-19-2017, 04:03 AM)
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Originally Posted by PooBone

Mansion games:
Games that take place primarily in one house.
Maniac Mansion
Resident Evil 1
Thief
Gone Home

Please name some others, I tend to love them.

Luigi's Mansion. This is more a theme than a (gameplay) genre though.
Last edited by PtM; 04-19-2017 at 04:05 AM.
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 04:03 AM)

Originally Posted by duckroll

Action shooter series turned into turn based strategy game

The Earth Defence Force Tactics


Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

There's also the Zone of Enders strategy game for GBA, and of course Halo Wars.
Lord of Ostia
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(04-19-2017, 04:06 AM)
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Originally Posted by duckroll

Action shooter series turned into turn based strategy game

The Earth Defence Force Tactics


Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

How about Turn-based Strategy series turned into action shooters?

Battalion Wars 1 & 2

XCOM The Bureau: Declassified
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 04:07 AM)

Originally Posted by Lord of Ostia

How about Turn-based Strategy series turned into action shooters?

Battalion Wars 1 & 2

XCOM The Bureau: Declassified

Command & Conquer Renegade, and Syndicate.
Glowsquid
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(04-19-2017, 04:08 AM)
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Originally Posted by Phediuk

Japanese first-person shooters that are actually full-on FPSes and not rail shooters

Also, Japanese dungeon crawling shooters set in some sort of robotic suit

Iron Angel of the Apocalypse (and sequel)



Kileak: The DNA Imperatives (and sequels) (only noticed it was in the quoted post after the fact, doh. Though it's worth noting Brahma Force is a spiritual sequel to Kileak)



Robotica



Rengoku Tower of Purgatory (and sequel)

Lord of Ostia
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(04-19-2017, 04:10 AM)
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Originally Posted by Glowsquid

Also, Japanese dungeon crawling shooters set in some sort of robotic suit

Iron Angel of the Apocalypse (and sequel)



Kileak: The DNA Imperatives (and sequels) (only noticed it was in the quoted post after the fact, doh. Though it's worth noting Brahma Force is a spiritual sequel to Kileak)



Robotica



Rengoku Stairway to Heaven

Not a shooter, but MeiQ is a Vita DRPG with girls in mechs.
charlequin
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(04-19-2017, 04:12 AM)
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These are probably a bit far afield of one another to really count, but for multiple decades I mentally lumped together an "ugly-ass early PC games where you kill people with a car" genre consisting of:

Interstate 76

Carmageddon

and Quarantine
TimeEffect
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(04-19-2017, 04:15 AM)
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Papers, Please. Id like to play more games like that.

Managing documents, reading documents, basically paper work
More_Badass
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(04-19-2017, 04:15 AM)
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How about adding turn-based elements to a genre that usually isn't

Which is basically Ronin (turn-based action/stealth platformer), Mighty Tactical Shooter (turn-based shmup, still in development), and SuperHOT (pseudo-turn-based FPS)

Ronin


Mighty Tactical Shooter



SuperHOT

duckroll
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(04-19-2017, 04:17 AM)
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Here's a microgenre which I think a single developer has a monopoly on (LOL) but has graced FIVE different publishers across three different platforms!

Giant robot action game controlled by in-game remote/virtual control(s)

Remote Control Dandy (Human) - PS1

Gigantic Drive/Robot Alchemic Drive (Enix) - PS2

Remote Control Dandy SF (Konami) - PS2

Tetsujin 28 (Bandai) - PS2

Chosoju Mecha MG (Nintendo) - DS

These games are all developed by Sandlot, the creators of EDF. It seems like they hit on the idea of making a game where instead of direct action controls you use an in-game logic control scheme, and they just rolled with that pitch to one publisher after another. Lmao.
Lijik
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(04-19-2017, 04:18 AM)
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2D Platformer reboots/remakes that looked at Rayman Origins' animation style and went "Oh we can do that too!"
Superfrog HD

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4

Prehistorik

Bonus- not an old ip or anything just a blatant Rayman Origins clone
Troubles Land

PooBone
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(04-19-2017, 04:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by PtM

Luigi's Mansion. This is more a theme than a (gameplay) genre though.

Fair point. Also good recommendation.
Glowsquid
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(04-19-2017, 04:22 AM)
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Originally Posted by duckroll

Action shooter series turned into turn based strategy game

Turn-based Strategy/tactic spin-offs of shmup series

Cosmic Wars (Gradius)



Paro Wars (Parodius)



R-Type Tactics (and sequel)

Last edited by Glowsquid; 04-19-2017 at 04:26 AM.
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 04:24 AM)
90s PC action-adventure games where the appeal lies mostly in laughing at the contrast between the games' ridiculously low-poly character models and their extremely self-serious plot and setting

Alone in the Dark


Ecstatica


Fade to Black


Bioforge
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Blizzard
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(04-19-2017, 04:42 AM)
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Originally Posted by Cyan

Genre-shifting clickers that aren't really clickers (or are they...?)


A Dark Room

is it a clicker or is it a...?

I've never played A Dark Room, but isn't it a missed opportunity to make the background white instead of black? I tried on two different browsers and it's white for me.

Or is that the point at the start?
More_Badass
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(04-19-2017, 04:47 AM)
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Originally Posted by Blizzard

I've never played A Dark Room, but isn't it a missed opportunity to make the background white instead of black? I tried on two different browsers and it's white for me.

Or is that the point at the start?

Play it on mobile

Cyan
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Originally Posted by Blizzard

I've never played A Dark Room, but isn't it a missed opportunity to make the background white instead of black? I tried on two different browsers and it's white for me.

Or is that the point at the start?

You can change the background. :)
Fancykong
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(04-19-2017, 04:50 AM)
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The Trauma Center/Team series made its own "Arcade Surgery" genre. There was one Adult Swim game, but besides that the genre really wasn't touched much by anyone (or Atlus after the Wii).
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 04:59 AM)

Originally Posted by Fancykong

The Trauma Center/Team series made its own "Arcade Surgery" genre. There was one Adult Swim game, but besides that the genre really wasn't touched much by anyone (or Atlus after the Wii).

And there was Life & Death way before any of those.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_%26_Death
Wozman23
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(04-19-2017, 05:01 AM)
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First Person Shooters Where You Shoot Something Other Than Bullets:

Portal:

The Unfinished Swan:

Single Player Games with Asymmetric Gameplay :

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons:

Soft Body:

ibb & obb:


Fully Competent Games That Also Contain Music Creation Tools:

Sound Shapes:

FRACT OSC:

LittleBigPlanet:

Platformers with No Legs or No Jumping:

Snake Pass:

Mushroom 11:

Thumpers (Weird, Anxiety Inducing Fever Dreams):

Thumper:

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ActWan
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I haven't seen more games like Neighbors from Hell except some russian shovelware...it's a series of point and click games about basically pranking your neighbor in a reality TV show and you need to get enough pranks going on to keep the rating up.



There's also The Incredible Machine and the Crazy Machines games where you build a Rube Goldberg machine using many physics based things.

Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 05:03 AM)

Originally Posted by ActWan

I haven't seen more games like Neighbors from Hell except some russian shovelware...it's a series of point and click games about basically pranking your neighbor in a reality TV show and you need to get enough pranks going on to keep the rating up.

Isn't this a take on Spy vs. Spy?

Haunting starring Polterguy would also be part of this microgenre.
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(04-19-2017, 05:08 AM)
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Love a dark room. Candy box 2 was fun too.
Zap Rowsdower
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(04-19-2017, 05:19 AM)

Originally Posted by Stopdoor

Super Smash Bros. is like its own genre, which is mostly itself, Playstation All-Stars, and other D-tier knockoffs like Cartoon Network, TMNT, and the Wii Force Unleashed 2 game. Party fighter? Brawler? I dunno.

You forgot Power Stone.

Eastern European Misery Simulators (Games that tend to be bleak and/or unforgiving made by devs from Slavic countries)

Pathologic



STALKER



Metro



Cryostasis

letmetrythisname
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(04-19-2017, 05:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by Orayn

"Diablo type loot game but it's a shooter" has maybe half a dozen examples? Not so much a highly specific micro-genre as a hybrid of two fairly popular things, but it's a distinct entity.

Hellgate
Borderlands series
Destiny
The Division
Warframe depending on who you ask

There will never be enough of these for my tastes. There will never be enough Diablo-style loot games of any kind for my tastes.

Originally Posted by Wozman23

Single Player Games with Asymmetric Gameplay :

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons:


Soft Body:


ibb & obb:

Cookie and Cream
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(04-19-2017, 05:31 AM)
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I like this thread. I'll try: Top-down Cooperative Games That Go Horribly Wrong And Destroy Friendships

Magicka 1, and I assume Magicka 2:


Overcooked:
Evilisk
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(04-19-2017, 05:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by Stopdoor

Super Smash Bros. is like its own genre, which is mostly itself, Playstation All-Stars, and other D-tier knockoffs like Cartoon Network, TMNT, and the Wii Force Unleashed 2 game. Party fighter? Brawler? I dunno.

Platform Fighter

And it'd be more of a subgenre than a micro one. I could easily bring up a list and it'd be way more than any other micro-genre brought up in this thread. There are just that many games. It's just a matter of most of the games being unknown (and an even smaller amount of those actually being worth playing and/or readily available in English)

Originally Posted by PSqueak

The only one close enough is the Jump super and ultimate stars games, but those were made by nintendo too, so they don't count.

No it fucking wasn't
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 05:34 AM)
First-person shooters where you're ostensibly in a ship but it's really just like Doom except you can move in 360 degrees on six axes and it makes you want to hurl

Descent

Terminal Velocity

Forsaken

Wozman23
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(04-19-2017, 05:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by letmetrythisname

Peaches and Cream

Various google searches for Peaches and Cream just took me to some weird, anime, furry art books.

Cookie and Cream?
lumzi23
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This war of mine is also an Eastern European Misery Simulator:

notaskwid
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Originally Posted by PooBone

Mansion games:
Games that take place primarily exploring one house.

Maniac Mansion


Resident Evil 1 (and 7 to some extent)


Gone Home



Please name some others, I tend to love them.

Fatal Frame 1
Fatal Frame 3 to some extent you're exploring a mix of locations from 2 and 1 and some new areas, and also have your own house.
Fatal Frame 4 also, though not really a 'house'.
Last edited by notaskwid; 04-19-2017 at 05:49 AM.
letmetrythisname
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Originally Posted by Wozman23

Various google searches for Peaches and Cream just took me to some weird, anime, furry art books.

Cookie and Cream?

Yeah, that one, sorry. I haven't played it in years.
Wozman23
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Originally Posted by letmetrythisname

Yeah, that one, sorry. I haven't played it in years.

Or you just outed yourself as someone who enjoys weird, anime, furry porn...
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letmetrythisname
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Originally Posted by Wozman23

Or you just outed yourself as someone who enjoys weird, anime, furry porn...

Nah. It's also a flavor of Walmart brand oatmeal.
jdstorm
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(04-19-2017, 06:05 AM)

Originally Posted by More_Badass

How about adding turn-based elements to a genre that usually isn't

Which is basically Ronin (turn-based action/stealth platformer), Mighty Tactical Shooter (turn-based shmup, still in development), and SuperHOT (pseudo-turn-based FPS)

Ronin


Mighty Tactical Shooter



SuperHOT

Any Turn based 2D fighters?
Wozman23
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Originally Posted by letmetrythisname

Nah. It's also a flavor of Walmart brand oatmeal.

Good save.
duckroll
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(04-19-2017, 06:10 AM)
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Originally Posted by More_Badass

How about adding turn-based elements to a genre that usually isn't

Which is basically Ronin (turn-based action/stealth platformer), Mighty Tactical Shooter (turn-based shmup, still in development), and SuperHOT (pseudo-turn-based FPS)

Initial D Another Stage on GBA is a turn based racing game.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zpBNZytDjUM

:)
Phediuk
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(04-19-2017, 06:14 AM)

Originally Posted by duckroll

Initial D Another Stage on GBA is a turn based racing game.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zpBNZytDjUM

:)

And Doom RPG is a turn-based FPS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT6aiCWCnCU
RavenholmDX
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Originally Posted by Phediuk

Fantasy-themed post-Doom pre-Quake first-person shooters with action-adventure/RPG elements

Witchaven


Hexen


Powerslave

You forgot Strife, the best one of all.
iammeiam
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(04-19-2017, 06:18 AM)
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Adventure Games Revolving Around Getting Wacky Locals To Let You Show Them Minor Physical Affection

Dropsy, a point-and-click game about a clown who just wants to hug people:

Chulip, a PS2 game about a boy kissing his way through town so he can eventually kiss the girl of his dreams:


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